Situated in the South West of the Indian Ocean, near the Tropic of Capricorn, Mauritius has the advantage of a sub-tropical climate. The climate is fairly acceptable to everyone and the heat is never unbearable.

Until relatively recent times the island of Mauritius remained unknown to, and untouched by, the outside world. A small dot of land in the immensity of the Indian Ocean which contained largely self-contained eco-system preserved a heritage of flora and fauna that had altered little since the dawn of history.

Around the year 1,000 some Arab sailors set foot on the island but did not spent much time on it. However, this marked the beginning of an era rich in explorations and discoveries.
The Dutch were the first to set a colony on the island in 1598 but soon abandoned the land leaving behind some planters and slaves. The island was successively taken over by the French and the British Empire until the country became independent in 1968.
The history of Mauritius is marked by immigration of people from Asia (mainly India and China), from Europe (mainly France) and Africa (mainland Africa and Madagascar).

Mauritius will ever be known as the crossroad for different civilizations, culture and people. In fact, Mauritius is a melting pot where people whose ancestors came from different horizons live in perfect harmony………an example to the rest of the world.
Its calmness, peace and harmony prevailing in this heaven lost in the middle of the ocean have given Mauritius the nickname of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean.

There are 2 seasons: summer (November to April), with an average temperature of 30°; and winter (May to September) with a variation of temperatures from 17° at night to 24° in mid-afternoon. In between, a pleasant period from September to November with temperatures between 25° and 28°, Mauritius does not suffer from a monsoon climate.
The sun rises at 5.00am and sets at 7.00pm in Summer and in Winter, rises at 6.00am and sets at 6.00pm.

December through March is the best time for diving, when the waters are at their clearest; June through August is best for surfing; and October through April is excellent for big game fishing, when the large predators feed close to shore. View details of our climate table